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We ‘ll clear Bayelsa, Imo, Kogi guber poll- PDP



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says it is certain of winning the Nov. 11 governorship election in Bayelsa, Imo and Bayelsa, going by the level of its acceptability by the people.

Umar Damagum, acting National Chairman, PDP, stated this in Abuja at the inauguration of the party’s National Campaign Council for the election in the three states.

Damagum charged members of the council to work within the law to win the states, which he described as PDP strongholds.

“We don’t expect less from you because before you were selected, you were found very capable and we expect nothing other than victory.

“You are going in at a time whereby the country as it is, everybody is feeling the burden of the mistakes that have happened in this country.

“What is expected of you is go there and remind them that this is not what we bargained for, and that there is a time God in his infinite mercy, always give us to change the course of history, and this is the time.

“We will have Bayelsa, we will have Imo and we will have Kogi. These are PDP states. Somehow, they slipped away but Bayelsa has always had a PDP governor,” he said.

Damagum added:“I want to challenge everyone in this country to look at the states governed by PDP governors viz-a-viz the other parties. We have always excelled.

“To you that are going to Kogi and Imo states, remind them that it has not been like that before they made a mistakes to where they are today. There are time and opportunity to change and there’s no better time than now.”

Speaking, Gov. Ademola Adeleke of Osun and the chairman of the Kogi campaign team, also expressed confidence in the party’s ability to win the election in the three states.

“The chances of the PDP in the three states are very great because we are bringing light all the way and you know when light comes, darkness vanish,” Adeleke said.

Gov. Duoye Diri of Bayelsa, said that the people of the state had resolved to re-elect the PDP in the governorship poll.

“PDP is very sure of victory in Bayelsa. We don’t have any internal crisis in the PDP in Bayelsa and we are well organised.

“We have more members of the opposition coming in to PDP in Bayelsa. Bayelsa PDP is very strong, vibrant and poised to win the election.

“Bayelsa people have resolved unanimously that PDP as exemplified by me, don’t need to change players in a winning team. Bayelsa people are very resolute about that.

The PDP candidate for Imo, Mr Sam Anyanwu expressed confidence that PDP would reclaim the state.

“Imo is traditionally PDP State. What you have there now is a product of the court. I am back to reclaim the mandate of the PDP,” Anyanwu said.

Also, Mr Dino Melaye, the PDP Kogi governorship candidate, said that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) would become history in the state after the November poll.

“I just want to announce that as far as this election is concern in Kogi, APC is history. APC has gone to oblivion. PDP is the party to beat in Kogi,” he said.


Court stops PDP from dissolving Rivers chapter EXCOS



A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday, restrained the national body of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from dissolving the Rivers’ chapter of the State Executive Committee (SEC) over alleged anti-party activities.

Delivering judgment, Justice Inyang Ekwo, said he found that the case of the plaintiff, Mr Desmond Akawo, succeeded on merit.

Akawo, the Rivers’ PDP Chairman, had sued the party and Dr Iyorchia Ayu (the immediate-past National Chairman representing himself and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) and National Executive Committee (NEC)) as 1st and 2nd defendants.

The plaintiff also joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as 3rd defendant in the amended originating summons marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/112/2023 and filed on March 9 by his counsel, Dr Joshua Musa, SAN.

Akawo sought the court’s determination whether having regard to the provisions of Section 223 of the 1999 Constitution and Article 47(1) of the Constitution of the PDP (as amended In 2017), they were not entitled to serve our their term.

He said he and other members of the SEC, the LGA executive committees and the ward executive committee were elected and sworn-in pursuant to the state’s congress held on March 21, 2020 and were entitled to complete their four-year term which expires on or about May 22, 2024.

Akawo, in the affidavit which he personally deposed to, averred that the PDP ans its national chairman on Jan. 4, prior to the general elections, threatened to unilaterally dissolve the Rivers’ chapter of SEC and replace the same with an Interim Caretaker Committee.

He, however, said that prior to the threat, neither any member of the state committee nor himself had ever been queried by them.

He, therefore, sought an order of injunction restraining the party and the national chairman from dissolving, suspending or truncating the tenure of the Rivers’ SEC, the LGA executive committees and the ward executive committees until May 22, 2024, when their four-year term would expire, among other reliefs.

Justice Ekwo held that the PDP and its national chairman did not deny Akawo’s averments.

“Essentially, the 1st and 2nd defendants have admitted the case of the plaintiff on this issue.

“The law is that facts admitted need no further proof;” he said.

The judge, who granted all Akawo’s reliefs, declared that the party and its national chairman cannot unilaterally and without reasonable cause, dissolve the state’s EXCOs who were democratically elected for a four-year period.

He also gave an order of injunction, restraining them from appointing any person or group of persons as interim caretaker committee in the state until May 22, 2024.

Justice Ekwo further gave an injunction order restraining INEC from according recognition or accepting any name as caretaker committee of the PDP in the state except those democratically elected and represented by Akawo in the suit.

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Democracy day: Ireti urges Nigerians commitment to democratic tenets



Sen. Ireti Kingibe (LP -FCT) has urged Nigerians to remain committed to the ideals of democracy as it remained the best form of government.

Kingibe, whose victory in the Feb. 25, Senatorial election was affirmed by the Elections Petitions Court on Tuesday, made this call in a statement to mark the International Democracy Day.

She said that in spite of the hiccups and challenges faced by the nation since its return to democracy, Nigeria has held together and fared better under civilian democratic rule than it did under authoritarian regimes.

“As we mark the International Day of Democracy, it is fitting that we celebrate the gains achieved by our adherence to the rule of law.
“It is indubitable that we are not where we had expected to be when we commenced this democratic journey in 1999,.

“However, we have certainly made progress in terms of greater respect for the rule of law, the dignity of the human person, and the fundamental human rights of Nigerians.

“We must consolidate on these gains as we press for more commitment from everyone including governments across all levels, for greater tolerance and acceptance of our ethnic and religious diversity,”she said.

According to Kingibe ,it is an incontrovertible fact that the things that bind Nigerians together are far more resilient than the centrifugal forces threatening the country’s unity.

“If we stand firm , together, we will defeat these forces, and only then can our nation fulfill its manifest destiny of being the voice of black people everywhere in the world.”

Kingibe assured residents of Abuja that her tenure as their representative would usher in an era of improved security, healthcare, peace as well as provision of social infrastructure in the Federal capital.

She promised to hold the mandate given to her by FCT residents sacred and to fully discharge the mandate to their satisfaction.

She said she would work relentlessly with her colleagues in the National Assembly and members in the executive branch of government, to ensure qualitative improvement in the well-being of FCT residents .

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